World War 1, The War at Sea 1914-1918

Sailors from the Market Rasen area who died serving their country. Market Rasen Town War Memorial has two Sailors listed-

H.M.S. Queen Mary lost in the Battle of Jutland Bank

Gunner Ernest W Brumpton; He was killed in action on HMS ABOUKIR on 22ndSeptember 1914.

Ernest was a retired Gunner in the Royal Marine Artillery, he was called up at soon at War was declared.

HMS ABOUKIR, HMS HOGUE and HMS CRESSY, three British cruisers were sunk off the Dutch coast and Ernest was one of the 1,450 sailors killed. He is remembered on Market Rasen War memorial because his father was Superintendent of Market Rasen Vagrant Ward. (Ernest was not born or lived in Market Rasen)

Trimmer Cook Charles R Borman; He was accidentally drowned on 22nd March 1916. Charles was a trimmer cook on the HM Trawler STRYMON, Royal Naval Reserve. In 1915 the trawler was hired as a mine sweeper. The Market Rasen Mail in 22/4/1916 reported that he was lost when his boat blow up. But this is wrong. Charles is buried in Cleethorpes Cemetery and remembered in Market Rasen as his mother was living in Waterloo Street. (Charles was not born or lived in Market Rasen)

There are two sailors not on the Town Memorial but they came from Market Rasen

1st Stoker Charles E Wood; He was killed when HMS INVINCIBLE sank at the Battle of Jutland on 31st May 1916, he was 22 years old. Charles was born in Market Rasen and moved to Gainsborough with his mother when he was small. He joined the Royal Navy in 1912. Charles is remembered on Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

Trimmer George A Clark; George was born in Market Rasen in 1881, by 1891 the family are living in Grimsby. George was married and a father when he joined the Royal Naval Reserve. He served on HM Trawler FLANDRE, he was accidentally drowned in Royal Dock, Grimsby on 7th November 1918.

He is buried in Scartho Road Cemetery, Grimsby.

Naval records have recorded five other men as been from Market Rasen, research has confirmed that these men come from Middle Rasen, Binbrook and Hainton.

Middle Rasen

Pte Arthur E Bell; Royal Marine Light Infantry died from disease on 19th October 1914. Arthur was in Chatham when he became sick. He was not born in Middle Rasen, but his family were living there when he died. He is buried in Woodlands Cemetery, Gillingham, Kent.

Boy Telegraphist Thomas Sharp; Thomas was born in Middle Rasen and was working on HMS MANTUA – an armed merchant cruiser patrolling the route around Scotland and Iceland. On the 27th September 1916, Thomas died from disease and is buried in Sighthill Cemetery in Glasgow, he is commemorated in Eastwood Cemetery and St Peter and St Paul Church, Middle Rasen.

 1st Stoker Thomas M Webb; Thomas was born in Middle Rasen in 1883. Thomas enlisted in RN in 1916 and served aboard HMS P32, a ‘P class’ patrol boat. He died from pneumonia on 27th October 1918. Thomas is buried in RN Cemetery, Haslar, Gosport, Hants. He is on listed on Middle Rasen War Memorial.


Leading Stoker James Taylor; James was born in Binbrook, he enlisted in RN in 1910. Summer 1916 he married Mabel and then returned to sea. James was a leading Stoker on board HMS GENISTA.  On 23rd October 1916 HMS GENISTA, a Sloop Minesweeper, was torpedoed and sunk by a submarine in the Atlantic, off the coast of Ireland. 12 survivors were picked up by fishing boats but not James, unfortunately. He is listed on St Mary and St Gabriel’s Church War Memorial.


 1st Stoker Joseph W Smith; Joseph was born in Hainton in 1896. He enlisted in RN in 1915.He served aboard HMS NUBIAN. On 27th October 1916, the ship was damaged by torpedo during a German destroyer raid on Dover. Joseph was one of the 45 sailors killed. Joseph is buried and remembered on the war memorial, St Andrew, Kirby-cum-Osgodby.

Naval Reports in Market Rasen Mail. There was limited reporting about the Royal Navy during the start of the War.

1916 July- Battle of Jutland….Stoker J West’s interview see notes on Battle of Jutland page on this site.

1917 Spring –  Fewer Ships sunk; 31 Ships sunk; Minesweeper los.










1917 December – Report on Market Rasen Sailors who received Christmas parcels.

1918 March– Shipbuilding Crisis- First Lord tells how the strikes have reduced output

June- Secretary of the Admiralty issued the following-…. Our seaplanes have also carried out long reconnaissance’s over the North Sea, …sighted and attacked submarines and       mines.

August- Fresh German Crime. Ambulance ship WARILDA torpedoed 123 lives lost

October- Enemy destroyers bombed, British Seaplanes in the Bight. …….seaplanes reconnaissance in Heligoland Bight, anti-submarine and convoy patrols.

 November 23rd The Navy’s Triumph…..surrender of half the German Fleet. Navy Cinema Fund, Bridge and Whilst Drive….poor attendance due to influenza.

Market Rasen Mail Roll of Honour

The Market Rasen Mail listed the men and women who served their country during the Great War. From this list and detailed reports in the local paper and Navy reports, it has been possible to name 30+ men who went to sea for their country.

Some were career sailors in the Royal Navy and Fishing Seamen, others joined for the War period and a few started on after the War.



Born in Market Rasen on 27th May 1887,

1909 14th October Joseph joins the Royal Navy, he listed his occupation as Railway porter.  During WW1, he served on HMS HERCULES. He left the Royal Navy on 22nd February 1919, RN Reserves.

Bernice M C Creasey, HMS POWERFUL

Bernice Moses Cartwright was born in Market Rasen in August 1900.

1916 Enlisted in RN, Boy Telegraphist 11 on HMS POWERFUL, he continued in the RN and is listed in 1949 as Petty Officer Temporary Acting Commissioned Telegraphist under A.F.O. 3009/45 date of seniority 18 June 1945. He died in Melton Mowbray in 1969.

Market Rasen Mail Report December 22nd 1917

The newspaper is in a bad condition so here is a copy

That the navy boys appreciate the parcels sent to them in connection with the recent whist drive and dance is evidenced by the letters of thanks received by the hon. Secretary (Mr Searby. They all express their gratefulness, and Seaman WE Bottomley, writing from the “Royal Sovereign” says he was sure he would enjoy the contents of the box as everything looked so nice.

Frank Gilding, who is on a minesweeper, said the surprise box of good things arrived in splendid condition just as he returned from sea. The ladies of Market Rasen evidently know what the boys of the naval services liked most, and what was useful to them in the North Sea. The kindly thoughts of those at home was comforting to them in their work and though this was oft times full of risk and danger there was satisfaction in knowing it was for those at home.

William Richardson C.M.M. Said it was most welcome and gratifying to know that someone had them in mind. He hoped and longed for the time when they could all celebrate and ring the joy-bells of peace together. He will help to pull down the belfry that day if he is spared.

S J Cottingham, O.S.H. Said such gifts kept “the boys” alive to the fact that although they are far away from their homes they still find they are by no means forgotten.

Stocker Jack West of the Princess Royal, said that of course the splendid gift sent was welcome in a material sense, but he valued it much more because it conveyed to him the friendship that existed towards him in the hearts of the friends who he had left behind at home. Life aboard was of necessity rather monotonous, and anything that relieved the tedium was a gift from the gods.

Stocker J Ogg, of the Hercules, says the ladies must have worked very hard to make the drive and dance (an account of which he saw in the Mail) such a great success.

W Shaw, L.M.E., R.N.A.S. Of H.M.S Riviera, says he was quite taken by surprise when he opened the box of good things, and he really must congratulate Mrs Searby on making such good pies. 

Gunner T E Sylvester, writing from Havre, said the contents of the box were very much appreciated, as were the good wishes sent.

More information on these Sailors see sub page to this page –  December 1917 report and Roll of Honour.